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Salma Abdel-Raheem

Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia

Major: Biology

Advisor: Jonathan Allen

$610 to go

Environmentally-Cued Hatching in Echinoid Echinoderms

For my honors thesis I will travel to the Pacific Northwest to study the development of the Pacific sand dollar. In the lab I work in, it was recently discovered that embryos of sand dollars respond to salinity stress in unusual ways by delaying hatching or by producing twins. This is especially astounding because the development of echinoderms has been studied for more than one hundred years and this is Read More…

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Madeline Grimm

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Major: History

Advisor: Nicholas Popper

$660 to go

Travel Guides that Shaped the Nation

Travel by British citizens in the early modern world was a lengthy and challenging enterprise. Travel to America required capital and government support, while traveling to Europe often involved developing contacts and connections at local universities, courts and through trade. A comparison of the texts relating to British travel in America and Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the choices made in documentation, provides a unique perspective on Read More…

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Stephanie Wraith

Hometown: Danville, California

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor: Scott Ickes

$260 to go

Assessing the Role of Maternal and Community Capacities in Preventing Hygiene-Related Infectious Diseases

I’ll be using individual and focus group interviews in rural Nicaragua as well as a thorough review of the broad international literature to examine the role that maternal and community capacities play in both perceptions of and responses to hygiene-related infectious diseases, particularly those of childhood diarrhea and parasitic infections. Analyzing both the literature and the approaches of multilateral aid organizations should provide a window into the prevailing paradigms of Read More…

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Melissa Hey

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia

Major: Biology

Advisor: Harmony Dalgleish

$635 to go

Consequences of Plant-Herbivore Interactions on Population Dynamics of Common Milkweed

I am studying the effects that plant-herbivore interactions have on population densities and the differences between simulated and natural herbivory to induce plant-defensive responses in milkweed. Milkweed is a common plant in the United States and is widely known for its significance in providing habitat and food for monarch butterflies, and as such many studies have been done on the effects of herbivory on the plant. From these, people have Read More…

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William Plews-Ogan

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

Major: Sociology

Advisor: Kathleen Jenkins

$595 to go

The Ancient Future of Restorative Justice: Indigenous Forum Courts in Australia

American justice systems remain fixed on retributive justice paradigms such as jail and civil penalties which fail to adequately improve offender behavior and leave all parties bitter and vengeful. Australian institutions, however, have recently enacted restorative justice practices–those that address the concerns of the victim, the offender, and the community in response to a crime. In New South Wales, state authorities have created over 250 Aboriginal “circle courts,” which convene Aboriginal offenders, Read More…